This review was originally published on Plastiksickness on September 8, 2008.
There's hype in any game that's released. Some games have millions of dollars to advertise and go through a multi-month promotional process such as Halo 3, but others aren't so lucky and have to rely on word of mouth from game site previews and play testers. God of War falls somewhere in the middle. And then, upon the release, excitement went into high gear for an action game that was going to not only revive the genre, but also the gaming platform it was on. Releasing on March 22, 2005, God of War gave Greek mythology a new story where players were glued to their screens though an intense storyline, mixed with some superb gameplay.
The sound of God of War is just as impressive as the rest of the game. Sound effects from the different powers and moves that Kratos does sound great, especially the voice acting. Both during cinematics and during the rest of the gameplay when different characters talk with Kratos, you'll be engaged because of the excellent voice acting. And you can't move through the game without noticing the musical score. The soundtrack behind the game keeps the pace and flow constant and fun from start to finish, and keeps you engaged from one battle to the next, especially during the boss battles. The developers just took their time and made each aspect of God of War enjoyable and impressive overall.
Overall, if you own a Playstation 2, you should buy this game, and if you don't own a PS2, you should buy one to play this game. God of War breathes new life into an aging system and proves that the Playstation 2 can still pump out great titles with the next generation systems already out. With some of the most impressive graphics on the PS2, a superb storyline, a great soundtrack, and some of the most fun gameplay to be had on the last generation system, God of War is a must-own game.
Bottom line: With impressive graphics, a great soundtrack, and some of the best gameplay on the PS2 system, God of War is a must-own for any PS2 owner and quite easily a system seller for anyone who doesn't own the last gen system.